Confronting My Weightloss Plateau

Whitney Health Guide
  • When I weighed myself over the weekend, all I could do was sigh. I was one extra pound down, which brought my total to four five weeks. After a month of re-structuring my diet, eliminating fast food and sugary drinks, cooking at home and being more active, the only thing I had to show for it were four measly pounds. I've heard of people's weight loss plateauing after initial success, but those people were normally months into it...not five weeks. So, needless to say, I'm disappointed that I haven't lost more weight, since I feel like I'm doing everything right.

    And last week I even ventured into a gym! I know, I'm supposed to be finding non-gym ways to be active, but that's really hard, especially in the winter. And I felt that my daily YogaBurn DVDs weren't really burning that many calories, so I called in the big dogs, a.k.a. the treadmill. The first time I just walked, playing around with the settings and adding a huge incline to make me feel as if I were really benefiting. I was weary of starting a full-out jog/run program since in the past I've made myself sore and had to take a few days off, which of course led to abandoning the entire workout regimen. No, this time I'm walking 80 percent of the way and adding a little jogging here and there. I'm only a few days in, but breaking around noon to exercise for 30 minutes each day is proving to not only be a convenient time to exercise, but also a really good mid-day stress reliever.

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    On the diet front, nothing much has changed, which is sort of a problem. I eat omelets for breakfast, some sort of poultry sandwich for lunch and a chicken soup for dinner...all the time. To say that I'm bored with the careful 1300-and-something calorie diet is an understatement. This week I plan to shake things up with a trip to a Co-op grocery store that offers really neat vegetarian and otherwise healthy foods. Hopefully, it'll be the inspiration I need to add some spice to my food life.

    So this is the weight loss juncture where I normally get off the train, and believe me, it's very difficult not to be tempted now (this blog is 75 percent of why I feel like I can't fail this time...good job!). But besides you guys, I'm also incredibly motivated by my small successes and look forward to bigger ones!

Published On: February 23, 2010